Thursday Start Lists: No Phelps in 100 Free Prelims

  34 Braden Keith | June 27th, 2012 | News, U.S. Olympic Trials

The startlists are up on, and we’ve got breaking news: Michael Phelps will not swim the 100 free on Thursday.

This is a huge surprise; though he’s got a big day of finals on Thursday evening with the 200 fly, based on 2008 there was a big expectation that he would at least swim this 100 free in the preliminary rounds. The question is if he received some sort of assurances that he would be on the relay even without swimming the 100 free individually.

The rest of the top 30 seeds in the men’s 100 free remain intact.

Other notable scratches include Dana Vollmer out of the women’s 200 fly (which is not a big surprise – this was a pretty obvious backup event). In the men’s 200 breaststroke final, the entire top 30 is expected to race, including Josh Prenot who’s been battling a case of Strep this week.

It should be another quick session.

Full Heat Sheet from USA Swimming.

Men’s 100 free prelims.
Women’s 200 fly prelims.
Men’s 200 breast prelims.


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Can you imagine if Phelps just concentrated and specialised in the 100 free
His times would be INSANE!!

If Phelps just concentrated on the 100free, and just specialised in that event, can you imagine what insane times he would do
I mean no one has a back half like him

Actually some swimmers already have incredible back half:
Sun Yang and Magnussen.

Sun Yang’s last split in 1,500 m (Shanghai) is actually faster than Phelps’ last split in 200 m in the same event. In fact, Sun Yang’s last split is faster than Phelps’ last split when he broke 200 WR in 2007!

Magnussen’s back half in all his fastest 100 are actually faster than any 100 free (textile) that Phelps has ever swum.

I really don’t think anyone should be on a relay if they don’t swim at least prelims at trials. one of the reasons i’ve heard for trials being so close to olympics is to give a better indication of where you are time wise, not going on what was done months ago…

Yea, I agree. Everyone (including me) had picked PVK to be on the 4×200 and he looks to be struggling right now. You got 4 guys within .3 of each other, and just a tenth or two off PVK’s best (post 2009) 200 time. I realize that Phelps and Lochte are in another league but it just doesn’t seem kosher to give them a bye and you cant always judge by what you did in the past.
Having said that, I have no doubt that either of them could crank a fast prelim time.


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